The Political Economy of Caribbean Development

  • Matthew Louis Bishop

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

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  3. Enduring Structures, Understanding Agency

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  4. The Comparative Political Economy of Eastern Caribbean Development

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  5. Conclusions

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-257

About this book


Studies of the global political economy have rarely engaged with development in the Caribbean, the thought of its indigenous intellectuals, or the non-sovereign territories of the region. Matthew Bishop compares the development of the independent English-speaking islands of St Lucia and St Vincent and their non-sovereign French neighbours, Martinique and Guadeloupe. By explaining how distinctive patterns of British and French colonialism and decolonisation came to bear on them, he investigates how very different patterns of development have subsequently ensued, often with startling consequences in this era of globalization and crisis. By engaging with the empirical reality of the Caribbean, his study sheds light on a range of wider debates relating to development, indigenous thought, post-colonial sovereignty, small states, and the contemporary evolution of the global political economy.


development Economic Development history political economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew Louis Bishop
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  1. 1.Institute of International RelationsUniversity of the West IndiesTrinidad and Tobago

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